Hillsborough employees say not to pay cut in survey
Hillsborough school employees don't want to see layoffs, or a reduction in pay.
In a survey that concluded this week, about 12,000 school employees took advantage of the chance to voice their opinions - from strongly agree to strongly disagree - on the six worst-case scenarios for budget cuts. None of the options were good.
Perhaps not surprisingly, a resounding 95 percent of school workers disagreed - the vast majority strongly so - with the notion of cutting salaries. Layoffs were similarly panned by overwhelming numbers.
Employees seemed to find only one proposal remotely palatable: adjusting the school year from 181 to 180 days, with employees losing a day of pay along the way. More than 80 percent of respondants said they could agree with that.
School officials have said they hope to avoid layoffs, and other dire scenarios like furloughs and increases in health insurance expenses. But they wanted input from employees as the statewide economic picture continues to worsen.
The full results of the survey are available here: Download budgetcutssurvey.xls
A graph showing employee responses is here: Download budgetcutsSurveyPPT.ppt
Letitia Stein, Times staff writer